Wade Goodwyn

Wade Goodwyn is a NPR National Desk Correspondent covering Texas and the surrounding states.

Reporting for NPR since 1991, Goodwyn covers a wide range of issues from politics and music to breaking news and crime and punishment. His reports have ranged from weather calamities, religion, and corruption, to immigration, obituaries, business, and high profile court cases. Texas has it all, and Goodwyn has covered it.

Over the last 15 years, Goodwyn has reported on many of the nation's top stories. He's covered the implosion of Enron, the trials of Jeff Skilling and Kenneth Lay, and the prosecution of polygamist Warren Jeffs. Goodwyn's reporting has included the siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, and the trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in Denver. He covered the Olympic Games in Atlanta and the school shootings in Paducah Ky., Jonesboro, Ark., and Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

Among his most recent work has been the wrongful prosecution and conviction of black and Hispanic citizens in Texas and Louisiana. With American and Southwest Airlines headquartered in his backyard, coverage of the airline industry is also a constant for Goodwyn.

As Texas has moved to the vanguard in national Republican politics, Goodwyn has been at the front line as what happens politically in Texas, which is often a bellwether of the coming national political debate. He has covered the state's politicians dominating the national stage, including George W. Bush, Tom Delay and rising GOP star Texas Governor Rick Perry

Before coming to NPR, Goodwyn was a political consultant in New York City.

Goodwyn graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in history.

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Around the Nation
4:06 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Boy Scouts To Announce End Of Ban On Gay Leaders

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:24 pm

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The executive board of the Boy Scouts of America has ended its outright ban on gay scout leaders today, but there's a caveat. NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports that the resolution allows each scout unit to decide for itself whether to accept gay adult leaders.

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Around the Nation
3:54 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

President Obama Delivers Eulogy At Funeral For Rev. Clementa Pinckney

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:20 pm

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Around the Nation
4:33 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Texas Abortion Curbs Go Into Effect Soon, Unless Supreme Court Acts

On July 9, 2013, opponents and supporters of a bill to put restrictions on abortion hold signs near a news conference outside the Texas Capitol in Austin. The bill was passed, but has been battled in the courts for two years; now, the law is set to go into effect July 1.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 6:01 pm

At the hands of the Texas Legislature, the last four years have been long for supporters of abortion rights.

The next blow lands on July 1, when a new law will go into effect in Texas and drastically reduce access to abortion services — likely leaving just nine clinics that perform abortions open in the entire state.

The controversial law, passed in 2013, requires clinics to meet tougher building standards and doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

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Politics
2:33 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry Launches Second Presidential Run

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 6:50 pm

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It's All Politics
3:03 am
Thu June 4, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Rick Perry

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom 15th Annual Spring Kick Off in Iowa in April.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 1:52 pm

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Shots - Health News
3:00 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Texas Politicians And Businesses Feud Over Medicaid Expansion

While governor of Texas, Rick Perry refused to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid.
Rick Wilking Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 10:12 pm

Dallas's Parkland Hospital treats a lot of people without health insurance. On a November day in 1963, emergency room doctors at this county hospital frantically tried to save an American president who could not be saved. These days, emergency room doctors frantically try to treat 240,000 patients every year.

"So you can see we have every treatment area filled up. Beds are in the hallways and the rooms are all full," says Dr. John Pease, chief of emergency services.

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It's All Politics
5:57 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Texas Sen. Doesn't Want Clergy 'Coerced' Into Officiating Same-Sex Marriages

Texas Republican state Sen. Craig Estes' bill reinforces that clergy would not have to perform same-sex marriages.
Harry Cabluck AP

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 6:09 pm

The Texas Legislature is sending a message this week on the subject of same-sex marriage. And that message is: Hell no — again.

The bill that just got initial approval in the Texas Senate would protect clergy from having to conduct any marriage ceremony or perform any service that would violate their sacred beliefs.

"We want to make sure they are not ever coerced into performing a marriage ceremony that would violate their sincerely held religious beliefs," State Sen. Craig Estes told NPR. Estes sponsored the bill.

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The Two-Way
6:18 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Texas Police Were Warned About Gunmen At Muhammad Cartoon Event — And They Weren't

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 6:05 am

In the May 3 "Draw Muhammad" attack in Garland, Texas, there were some loose ends that got cleared up Monday by local police chief Mitch Bates. Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi from Phoenix were killed by Garland police officers after the two men drove from Arizona and opened fire at the event featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Religion
3:11 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Texas Shooting Sheds Light On Murkiness Between Free, Hate Speech

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:32 pm

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It's All Politics
7:27 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor a joint U.S. Special Forces training taking place in Texas, prompting outrage from some in his own party.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 10:59 am

Since Gen. Sam Houston executed his famous retreat to glory to defeat the superior forces of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Texas has been ground zero for military training. We have so many military bases in the Lone Star State we could practically attack Russia.

So when rookie Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he was ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor a Navy SEAL/Green Beret joint training exercise, which was taking place in Texas and several other states, everybody here looked up from their iPhones. What?

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Business
4:30 am
Thu April 23, 2015

CDC: Blue Bell Listeria Outbreak Started In 2010

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 12:22 pm

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Health
3:17 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Amid Rising Concern About Addiction, Universities Focus On Recovery

Students in recovery from substance abuse are finding support on a growing number of college and university campuses, including the University of Texas at Austin.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 4:22 pm

In murder mystery novels, when the hero, a private detective or homicide cop, drops by a late-night Alcoholics Anonymous meeting to stave off a sudden craving for a beer or two or 20, it's usually in some dingy church basement or dilapidated storefront on the seedier side of town. There's a pot of burnt coffee and a few stale doughnuts on a back table.

The Center for Students in Recovery at the University of Texas could not be more different.

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Law
2:26 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Sniper Trial Could Be In Jury's Hands Soon

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 5:16 pm

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Law
3:07 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Proceedings Underway In 'American Sniper' Trial

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 3:01 pm

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Law
3:45 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Botched Lethal Injection Executions Reignite Death Penalty Debate

Arizona Department of Corrections inmate Joseph Wood was executed by lethal injection in July. It took 15 doses and nearly two hours for him to die.
AP

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 4:36 pm

This past year, the number of inmates executed in America was the lowest in two decades at 35, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

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Business
3:01 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Texas Braces For A Drop In Production After Oil Prices Fall

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 4:57 pm

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Around the Nation
3:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Texas Death Row Case Draws Attention To Mentally Ill Convicts

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:41 am

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The legal process is scheduled to end in Texas today for Scott Panetti. He's a convicted killer set for execution. He's drawn worldwide attention because he has a 36-year history of chronic schizophrenia. From Dallas, NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports.

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Around the Nation
3:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Texas Execution Nears For Murderer Whose Competence Was Debated

Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti has had a long history of mental illness but was allowed to defend himself at trial. He is scheduled to be executed next Wednesday.
AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 4:39 pm

On Dec. 3, Texas is scheduled to execute Scott Panetti for murdering his in-laws in 1992. There is no doubt he committed the crime, and there is also no doubt that Panetti is mentally ill. But he was deemed fit to stand trial, and he was allowed to defend himself, dressing in a cowboy costume in court, insisting he was a character from a John Wayne movie.

Over the course of the last two decades — and many appeals — his case has gained national attention, and it has shone a spotlight on capital punishment and mental illness.

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Around the Nation
4:35 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Was CDC Too Quick To Blame Dallas Nurses In Care Of Ebola Patient?

Dallas nurse Nina Pham speaks at a press conference after she was confirmed free of Ebola and released from a National Institutes of Health facility on Friday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 4:59 pm

Dallas nurse Nina Pham was discharged from a National Institutes of Health hospital in Maryland Friday, where doctors confirmed she was free of the Ebola virus.

Pham's colleague Amber Vinson is also said to be free of Ebola, though she remains in a hospital in Atlanta.

While their progress is being cheered, many nurses around the country still feel their profession unfairly received blame for the errors in treating Ebola in Dallas.

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Around the Nation
5:46 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Dallas Hospital Deals With Aftermath Of Ebola Missteps

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 1:46 pm

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The Two-Way
5:35 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Dallas Hospital Chief Shares Lessons Learned In Battle With Ebola

Clinical Director of Texas Health Resources Dr. Daniel Varga at a press conference Wednesday in Dallas.
Stewart F. House Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:03 pm

Dr. Daniel Varga is chief clinical officer for Texas Health Resources, a network of 25 hospitals that includes Presbyterian in Dallas, which treated the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.

I spoke with Varga today about the lessons the hospital learned in its battle with Ebola. Here are a few highlights:

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Health
3:05 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

In Dallas, Second Health Care Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 4:54 pm

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Global Health
3:09 am
Wed October 15, 2014

CDC To Act Faster When A U.S. Hospital Gets An Ebola Patient

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 12:27 pm

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U.S.
2:23 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

In U.S., Ebola Turns From A Public Health Issue To A Political One

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (left) listens to Tom Geisbert, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, explain the work researchers are conducting in a lab in the Galveston National Laboratory on Tuesday. Numerous Republicans, including Perry, have linked the first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S. to border control and other political issues.
Jennifer Reynolds AP

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 6:37 pm

The Ebola virus, which killed a patient at a Dallas hospital Wednesday, has become part of the conversation among politicians and pundits — in particular, conservative politicians and pundits. The virus has added heat to conversations about immigration and border control, as well as ongoing criticisms of the Obama administration and the government in general.

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U.S.
10:22 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Man Diagnosed With Ebola In Texas Dies In Hospital

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Health
2:45 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Ebola Patients Remain Hospitalized In Texas, Nebraska

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 4:30 pm

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At the White House today, President Obama said his administration is taking aggressive action, in West Africa and in the U.S., to stop Ebola. And he said the federal government is working on additional steps to enhance passenger screening.

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Around the Nation
2:40 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Ebola Waiting Game Continues In Dallas

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 4:17 pm

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Global Health
2:37 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Dallas Ebola Patient Was Not Diagnosed On First Hospital Visit

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 4:14 pm

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Around the Nation
3:02 am
Wed October 1, 2014

First U.S. Ebola Case Confirmed In Dallas

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 11:03 am

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Global Health
2:58 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Will The Ebola Case In Dallas Lead To A U.S. Outbreak?

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 6:01 am

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